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Trump admin. to get isolated, disgraced once again: Iran FM

Iran Press TV

Friday, 21 August 2020 10:14 AM

Iran's foreign minister says the US administration's attempt to snap back the UN Security Council's sanctions against Tehran will result in nothing but another disgrace for US President Donald Trump.

"Last night [US Secretary of State Mike] Pompeo activated the mechanism of returning the annulled Security Council resolutions in his imaginations," Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a post on his Instagram account on Friday.

However, he added, at the same time Iran, Russia, China, the European Union, Germany, France, and the UK described the Trump administration's move as unlawful, futile, and null and voice in separate letters.

"Today, some other members of the Security Council will likely adopt similar stances, and the Trump administration will be isolated and disgraced globally once again," Zarif said.

"The history of the Security Council does not remember any similar situation," he noted, referring to a global consensus against US President Donald Trump.

On Thursday, the United States' most prominent Western allies refused to fall into step with its push to snap back the United Nations sanctions against Iran.

The United Kingdom, France, and Germany said they could not support the US move, describing Washington's action as incompatible with efforts to support the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Reuters reported.

The trio announced their position in a statement in response to an illegal US push to invoke the mechanism in the nuclear deal that would restore all of the UN sanctions against the Islamic Republic, whose related resolutions were annulled after the agreement was concluded.

Delivering the unilateral US approach its next blow was China's UN mission that reminded that Washington had itself compromised all of its contractual rights under the nuclear deal.

Neither did a letter presented to the world body by Pompeo to trigger the snapback module qualify for the purpose it has been written for, the mission noted in a tweet.

Russia also criticized the "poorly calculated" US push to trigger the so-called snapback provision, saying the new adventurism will draw negative international reaction since it makes a "mockery" of common sense.

US cries foul at European allies

Kelly Craft, US ambassador to the United Nations, told a German newspaper on Friday that the behavior of the European allies has been "disappointing" with regards to the US move against Iran.

"This is very disappointing," German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung quoted Craft as saying in an interview.

"This matter is so important that we cannot wait until the arms embargo runs out on Oct. 18. We cannot wait for the world to realize on Oct. 18 that China and Russia have the ability to deliver weapons and Iran to buy them to pass them on to militias and other terror groups around the world that are steered by Tehran," she added.

Pompeo also cried foul as he accused the Europeans of "siding with the ayatollahs".

"No country but the United States has had the courage and conviction to put forward a resolution. Instead, they chose to side with the ayatollahs," Pompeo told reporters after formally starting the disputed process.

Before Thursday's snub, Washington was similarly defeated at the Security Council in an earlier attempt to prevent the expiry of an arms embargo against Iran that will expire in October under the JCPOA.

So far, Israel has been the sole supporter of the US in its bid against Iran, with the occupying regime's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling the move "the right decision."

Many reports have revealed how it was Israel and others' pressure in the first place that proved instrumental in Washington's departure from the nuclear deal.

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